Christine Chandler Memorial Scholarship
Born and raised in Kankakee, Illinois, Christine “Chris” Chandler first found herself in the Last Frontier by working as a camp cook in remote geological exploration camps in Alaska to pay for her continued education.
Chris began college at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, but finished at UAA with a Bachelor of Science in nursing after she decided to make one of her visits more permanent.
Her first nursing position was with the Indian Health Service in Utqiaġvik, Alaska — a 12-bed hospital located more than 300 miles above the Arctic Circle.
It was in Utqiaġvik where Chris met her husband and lifelong partner, Randy Magen. Together they moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where they were married in 1986 and had two children: Hannah, a teacher, and Noah, a wildland firefighter.
Chris found her niche and followed her passion for nursing by working in the community as a home and public health nurse. She worked in New York City providing home health to people of all walks of life.
Back in Alaska, Chris continued her work by providing reproductive health care and HIV testing to the public through the Municipality of Anchorage. In 2008, she returned to her alma mater and earned her Master of Nursing Science and was licensed as a nurse practitioner, providing care at Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage and at University Health Services in Boise, Idaho.
In addition to nursing, Chris’ loving and caring nature was expressed in many other ways, including through her excellent cooking, her interest in friends’ lives and her ability to continually push her husband and children to be better people.
In 2019, Chris’ life was cut short by breast cancer which was diagnosed shortly before her move to Boise. Hers was a life well lived, and she remains loved and cherished by those whose lives she touched. Chris’ family and friends established the Christine Chandler Memorial Scholarship to honor her memory and allow her legacy of helping people to continue.